Football, football, football everywhere again. After such a long empty summer, it seems now as if football has never been away for a couple of months. Welcome to another Football Friday. Lets get caught up with the main stories…
Jose Mourinho is in hot water again following the Spanish Supercup game between Real Madrid and Barcelona. A lot of bad blood is still present and is showing no signs of waning this year so far. Mourinho has been caught on camera poking his finger in the eye of the Barcelona number two man Tito Vilanova. Now as much as I like “The Special One” this behaviour cannot be condoned, no matter how much the Barca players dive around like Tom Daly trying to win a gold medal. The Real Madrid players are aggressive on the pitch, no question and the challenge on Fabregas by Marcelo (who has previous) was ridiculous and his red card was completely justified. That said, on the majority of occasions Barcelona players get away with a lot of crap on the pitch even when no-one has touched them and it does appear as if they get a lot of preferential treatment. In my opinion both teams are to blame here and it needs the managers and directors to get round a table and sort it out.
These teams are full of stars that are super-talented footballers who simple DO NOT need to be play acting or kicking chunks out of each other to win a game of football. I would imagine that Mourinho will get a few games ban and that will be the end of it until the next Clasico. Can’t they all just get along?
The Premier League got underway last weekend and Chelsea were held by a very good Stoke City. We can’t be relying on penalty decisions to go our way although I don’t think any were realistic shouts. Stoke defended very well and manager Tony Pulis has got himself a very organised side that can defend and frustrate opposition teams full of big name players. Fernando Torres looked much livelier than he did last season, but now we have to contend with a fresh injury to keeper Petr Cech who will be out for four weeks. We welcome our new signing Romelu Lukaku who has now been confirmed as a Chelsea player and is available to play against West Brom this weekend. I hope to see him in action.
Manchester City’s new signing Sergio Aguero came on as a substitute against Swansea on Monday and promptly proceeded to bag himself a brace of goals and set one up in between. An awesome debut and just as I predicted. I still say he is going to be the best player of the season should he stay clear of injury. I am so gutted we didn’t buy him, but we are obviously now astute enough not to pay ridiculous ransom wages in the region of what City are playing some of their players. All footballer wages are sickening though so I’m not saying we are innocent of high wages.
Lastly in the Premier League, I think if anyone is doing a Fantasy Football team anywhere, the bargain of the season is going to be Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley. In The Telegraph, you can pick him up for just £2.9M out of your budget and he is going to get a lot of games under Fergie this season. He looks sharp and already has good vision with the ball and should prove to be a very good player for Utd to come through the ranks of the club.
In The Championship, West Ham are starting to make strides and signalled their intentions after a 4-0 demolition of Watford midweek. The performance was completely dominant and they deserved their win which is the first time since 2007 they have recorded back to back away wins. Hard to believe eh? The Rumour Mill has Scott Parker leaving the club for QPR following their recent takeover, but we shall wait and see. The funds raised from a transfer like that would be very good and could be spent very wisely by Sam Allardyce and build for an early return to the Premier League.
More next week =)